The amazing Super Shantz Bros smash it again! Another super photo shoot at the super secret spot resulting in super fresh posters about to hit the streets! Super team effort to get the shots:

Photography: Absalom Shantz
Art Direction and Poster Design: Teo Shantz
Set Construction: Emily Wood and Tenold Sundberg
Hair: Clarize Baldoz
Makeup: Grace Fong
Associate Producer: Kizamu Tsutakawa

Get ready for a hot summer night to remember in less than two weeks! Reggae meets hip hop meets soul on the hill! Get tickets online or at Moe Bar, Ohana Belltown, or The Station.

Saturday, July 19, 2014
Neumos Seattle Presents
Kore Ionz
Prometheus Brown x Grynch
with DJ Daps1
$15 adv | 8pm | 21+

Here’s the second hilarious poster by the Super Shantz Bros:


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SEATTLE: Sat July 19 at Neumos


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Love You Better (Soli Remix) (Official Music Video)

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KoreAm: Kore Ionz Frontman Daniel Pak Talks About His Musical Roots And Identity


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Singer Daniel Pak of the Seattle-based reggae band Kore Ionz traces his musical roots and identity to his native Hawaii


When plans to play a wedding gig in Hawaii fell through for Seattle-based reggae band Kore Ionz, the band members saw an opportunity instead of a setback. Their flight already booked, its members decided to go ahead and make the trip and film a music video for one of the band’s new tracks during the weekend visit to the island. For lead singer Daniel Pak, a Korean and Japanese American and native of Hawaii, it all felt right. He was going home.

The track for the music video they planned to make, “Feels Good,” is part of Kore Ionz’s new work, an EP of the same name, that the group just released in April. It marks the third album for the band, which, though based in the grunge capital of Seattle, carries relaxing island sounds and vibes that are central to Pak’s identity.

“Feels Good,” in particular, captures the nostalgia Pak felt when returning to the sandy beaches and sunbathed warmth of the Hawaiian Islands. He moved to Seattle in 1998, and penned the song one cold and rainy night while feeling particularly homesick. “I just kept thinking about the island that I was born and raised on, and the song came to me in, like, five minutes,” said Pak.


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PHOTOS: Feels Good EP Release at The Crocodile


On April 5, 2014 we released the Feels Good EP and celebrated Owuor’s birthday with a SOLD OUT show at The Crocodile here in Seattle. Prometheus Brown, Hollis, and The Cruw joined us on stage for an unforgettable night – see the recap video shot by Avi Loud and Bo Kim. Also performing on the bill were Two Story Zori, DK Band, and DJ Soul One. Feels Good EP available on iTunes and our online store.







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COVER STORY: International Examiner

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Read “An ode to Hawai‘i: Seattle-based band Kore Ionz releases new five-song EP” by Shin Yu Pai.

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Feels Good (Official Music Video)

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SEATTLE: Feels Good EP Release Party at The Crocodile


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Restoring the Fountain

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Have you met our manager Kizamu Tsutakawa? If not, he’s the one in the photo (standing next to our drummer and co-producer Teo) pointing his finger at you! He wants to invite you to our first benefit concert of the year at Seattle Central Community College on Thursday, February 27 – all proceeds will go towards the renovation of his grandfather’s fountain which was installed on the campus in 1973.

George Tsutakawa (1910-1997) was a Japanese American painter, sculptor, and fountain maker. With bronze fountain installations in cities throughout the United States, Canada, and Japan, he is among the most influential figures in modern Asian American art, awarded the prestigious Order of the Rising Sun decoration by the Emperor of Japan in 1981. In a 1978 interview he explained his fascination with fountains:

“Our sense of continuity and rhythm is universal in water. Even in childhood I was interested in running water, in the recycling process of water. I remember Mark Tobey talking to me about the life cycle of the universe and the fact that water moves about endlessly in its various forms, vapor, ice drops forming in the clouds to be released into the rivers. This recycling always fascinated me.”

Memory and Interlude: An Evening of Music with the Tsutakawas goes down on Thursday, February 27 at 7:30pm at the Broadway Performance Hall on the Seattle Central Community College campus. Tickets are $25 and all proceeds go to the Tsutakawa Fountain Renovation Fund. Help restore the fountain today!

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Top 5 Stories of 2013

Next Door, Honolulu, November 2013. Photo by Terrence Jeffrey Santos.

It’s that time again. The end of another year and the promise of a whole new beginning. A time of reflection, of reconnection, and of resolution! And with that, we thought we’d share five stories from 2013 that have got us really excited about 2014. Happy New Year!

5. Shaggy Sings Along

This story came to us from our braddah David Meligro who works with da808music, the biggest promoter of island and reggae music in Seattle. The week before Thanksgiving, he emceed the Shaggy album release party at Snoqualmie Casino and posted this on our Facebook Page the next day:

After the show was when I had my feel good moment…LOL. Shaggy’s tour bus wasn’t ready to go yet so we had the pleasure of giving them a ride back to their hotel! As we got onto the freeway, Kore Ionz “First Avenue” came on the stereo of braddah Thomas Yamada’s Suburban. The car got quiet and heads started to bob. Next thing I know, Mr. Boombastic himself started to sing along and was soon joined by his backup singers in full harmony. Ho braddahs! Chicken skin da whole ride back! I felt good for you in your absence! Keep up the great work guys, and we look forward to seeing you soon! Aloha & One Love!

4. Sly & Robbie

In September we got the call to open for the legendary Sly & Robbie, with none other than Mykal Rose fronting the performance. What could have been billed as a Black Uhuru reunion show was an experience we will never forget, watching the drum and bass greats lock the audience in a trance from beginning to end. Teo got to hang out with both Sly & Robbie after the show and even got his snare autographed! Lucky braddah…


3. Love You Even More Better

In May we started shooting our second official music video, which we are stoked to release in early 2014. Featuring a remix of the love song that got us the most commercial radio play to date, the music video was shot and is currently being edited by Terrence Jeffrey Santos who produced the First Avenue music video. Shown below is the only still he’s letting us post from the massive amount of footage he shot! Stay tuned…


2. Hawai`i

Just as Seattle started to freeze in November, we stacked up all the money we saved over the year, packed our bags, and headed to O`ahu. The trip was the most productive five days of 2013, as we were able to get in an `awakea with Professor Rod Labrador at the University of Hawai`i, talked story with braddah Phat Joe on Island 98.5, rocked Next Door in Chinatown to a packed house of 300+, and chased the sun around the southeast corner of the island for three days amidst flash floods to shoot another music video for an unreleased song called Feels Good. Not to mention landing an amazing story by sistah Jermel-Lynn Quillopo of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Plus, we had a lot of fun.


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1. First Avenue

The biggest story of 2013 is by far the release of the First Avenue official music video featuring our braddah Prometheus Brown of Blue Scholars, who did an amazing acting job alongside the extremely talented Jessica Hu. Our very first music video was produced from front to back by Terrence Jeffrey Santos, who had the following words to say about our decision to play less shows in 2013 and spend more time in the studio and in creative meetings:

The constants I’ve seen from many successful artists and musicians has been a high level of perseverance and the ability to critically analyze their own work. Kore Ionz has both of these. The future is bright.

Mahalo for the humbling words braddah. We promise a lot more music, video, and live performances in 2014. See you there! If you still haven’t seen his work yet, here is the First Avenue official music video directed by Terrence Jeffrey Santos:

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